Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh joined the PRE staff in May of 2006.  He currently the  full time reporter and  producer for Down East Journal.  His news spots and feature stories can also be heard during Morning Edition.   

A New Bern native, Jared graduated from Craven Community College with an Electronics Engineering degree.  When not at the station, he enjoys playing drums, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and hockey.  

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The Down East Journal
4:07 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Down East Journal (08/16/13)

  Summer time and the living is easy, but think twice if you’re tempted to re-live one of the joys of your youth riding in the back of a pickup truck.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a recent fatality in our state that reminds us of the danger involved in what used to be a common sight on eastern North Carolina roadways.  Also, it’s already time to start working on your fall vegetable garden.   The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE Stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
10:48 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Cape Lookout Reviewing Bids for Passenger Ferry Service

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented. 

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The Down East Journal
11:43 am
Wed August 7, 2013

The Down East Journal (08/09/13)

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented.  More on that story Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
8:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Proposed Fumigation Facility Raises Concerns

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  We explore the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. 

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ENC Features
8:52 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Stuff the Bus" Provides School Supplies for Needy Students in Craven County

A local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need


Back to school shopping has long been a tradition for Americans. Students are given a list of necessary materials to complete the school year. While this preparation for the first day of school can be a source of excitement for some, how do the students whose families can’t provide these items manage? Darlene Brown, the executive director of Craven County Partners in Education, has organized a fundraising event aimed at helping students in need.

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ENC Features
8:49 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Carteret County Teens Learning About The Film Business

What started off in 2010 with a few local kids and a tripod-mounted camera has developed into a full-blown production studio for young film enthusiast.  Lee Jenkins has more. 


Carteret County’s Teen Film Club now has 24 regular members from Havelock to Beaufort, aged anywhere between twelve and nineteen. So far, the club has produced a small TV show and a six episode miniseries called “The Persistence of Time.” As the name would imply, the miniseries deals time travel, explains Club Founder Melissa Bennett.

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The Down East Journal
8:57 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Down East Journal (08/02/13)

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. And, a local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need.  We’ll catch you up on “Stuff the Bus,” Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. 

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ENC Features
2:43 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

"A Rasin in the Sun" Begins Its Run In Greenville

A theater troupe Magnolia Arts Center is bringing “A Raisin in the Sun” to Eastern North Carolina. The play, set in the 1950’s focuses on an African American family living in Chicago that suddenly acquires a large sum of money, and purchases a home in a white neighborhood.  Lee Jenkins spoke with members of the cast and crew, and has this sneak peek of the production, which begins its run in Greenville next week.

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The Down East Journal
12:04 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Down East Journal (07/26/13)

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about a statewide project that shares the stories of North Carolina residents by collecting their unique recipes.  And, we take a behind the scenes look at a local production of "A Raisin in the Sun." We speak with members of the cast and the director about the Magnolia Arts Center's play that begins next week.  Catch the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

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ENC Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Greenville Highway Project off to a Good Start

Early development for a large-scale highway connector is making good progress, but is still years away from completion. Lee Jenkins has more.

The thirty-five million dollar 10th Street Connector Project is speeding through its acquisition phase. Development rights have been settled for two thirds of the 193 properties affected by the project, some of which are businesses and residences.

According to the Greenville Daily Reflector, workers have already begun demolishing vacant homes along Farmville Boulevard and other streets.

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ENC Regional News
2:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Some Say Senate Bill 486 May Damage Cape Hatteras Ecology

A recently passed senate bill threatens to undermine the ecological balance at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Lee Jenkins has more.

Senate Bill 486, sponsored by senators Hagan and Burr, eliminates the current safeguards put into place to protect wildlife and pedestrians alike from beach vehicles. While the exact goal of the bill is unknown, the promotion of tourism seems to be its focus. But would the bill actually promote tourism? Kristen Brengel, from National Parks Conservation Association, believes it might not.

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ENC Regional News
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

More Landfill Space Could Open Up in North Carolina

North Carolina Waste disposal companies could have more room to build landfills in legislation that changes a 2007 law designed to discourage out-of-state trash from being shipped Down East. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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ENC Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Red Cross In Need of Blood Donations

The American Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood. Lee Jenkins has more.

In a situation similar to last year, the Red Cross is facing a 10 percent nationwide decrease in blood donation, leaving them 50,000 donation short of their projections. According to the Communications Director of Eastern North Carolina's Red Cross, Autum Mihm, summer vacations for students have contributed to the drop in donations.

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The Down East Journal
11:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Down East Journal (07/19/13)

The second annual Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Dragon Boat Race is nearly a week away. This week on the Down East Journal, hear more about this eyepopping nautical fundraising event set for New Bern next weekend.  And, the sale of recreational fishing licenses pay for more than you think...  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on PRE News and Ideas Network.

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ENC Features
11:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Fees From NC Recreational Fishing Licenses Fund Fisheries Projects

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The sales of recreational fishing licenses pay for more than you think.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.

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ENC Features
11:38 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Rainy June Takes a Toll on Local Crops

An excessively wet and rainy June has damaged some crops in Eastern North Carolina. Lee Jenkins has more on the extent of the damage and what effect it may have on the consumer.

Despite what the Luke Bryan song says, rain isn’t always a good thing, especially when there is a lot of it. Typically, counties in Eastern North Carolina receive around four inches of rain during the month of June, but this year, most counties have received eight inches or more. National Weather Service meteorologist John Elardo says the coastal plain experienced the heaviest downpours.

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ENC Features
11:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Regional Partnership Promotes "Buying Local" Movement and Creating Biofuels Industry

We highlight a partnership between local farmers and the military aimed at buying locally grown food and producing energy from local biofuel crops.  

Agriculture and the military.  They both depend on undeveloped areas of eastern North Carolina to exist.

“Agriculture needs farms and open space, military needs farms and open space.”

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The Down East Journal
2:44 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Down East Journal (07/12/13)

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a partnership between local farmers and the military aimed at eating locally grown food- and producing energy from local biofuel crops.  And, we speak with the organizer of the Crystal Coast Music Festival about Saturday’s event on the Bogue Sound Waterfront in Morehead City.  Catch the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
11:54 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Underway at the Coast

Green Sea Turtle Hatchling in Sea Turtle Rescue Exhibit
Credit The North Carolina Aquarium

This is the time of the year when baby sea turtles begin to hatch and make their way toward the ocean.  But not all of them will make it.  This week on the Down East Journal, we visit the North Carolina Aquarium and talk about their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and educate the public about this threatened reptile.

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